Valentines Day Countdown: NerdiPop’s Top 20 Most Romantic Geeky Couples – part 1
There are so many romantic couples in movies, TV shows and comic books, we’re splitting this article in two. Herewith the first top 10 most romantic geeky couples! For part 2 of the NerdiPop top 20 most romantic geeky couples, click here.
OUR Last 5 MOVIES TO WATCH TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE!
If you haven’t seen these movies, TV shows or read the comics, be warned, the below may contain spoilers.
#1. Doctor Who and River Song
River Song is a fictional character played by Alex Kingston in the British science-fiction series Doctor Who. River Song was introduced to the series as an experienced future companion of series protagonist the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time in his TARDIS. Because River Song is a time traveller herself, her adventures with the Doctor occur out of synchronisation; their first meeting (from the audience’s perspective) is his first and apparently her last. In later appearances, River is a companion, romantic interest and eventual wife of the Doctor in his eleventh incarnation, portrayed by Matt Smith (source: wikipedia). They have one of the most romantic, crazy, timey-whimey relationships in any TV series. Watch this montage of our favourite romantic moments:
- Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo — Game of Thrones
Drogo, a powerful Dothraki khal and feared warrior meets Daenerys, the future “Mother of Dragons” in the first season. Their union was an arrangement by Illyrio Mopatis and Daenerys’ brother Viserys Targaryen, who hoped to use Drogo’s Dothraki horde to win back the Iron Throne (source: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/). What starts off as a rocky, dominating relationship, soon develops in a passionate, true-love scenario. With Drogo referring to his wife as “Moon of My Life” and Daenerys to her husband as “My Sun and Stars”, you can’t help but to root for this couple.
- Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games Series)
Peeta is first introduced at the reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, when he is selected as the male tribute representing District 12 alongside female tribute Katniss Everdeen. Prior to the reaping, Katniss and Peeta had only interacted once: at age eleven, when Peeta deliberately burned two loaves of bread and took a beating to feed a starving Katniss. Katniss had always felt indebted to him for this kindness, but never worked up the courage to thank him.During an interview preceding the Games, Peeta admits on national television to having a long-standing crush on Katniss. She assumes this is merely part of his strategy to win favor from wealthy Capitol sponsors. In the books, they actually get married and have two children together (source: wikipedia).
- Ellie and Carl Fredricksen (Disney/Pixar’s UP)
Ellie was Carl’s childhood sweetheart and wife. In her youth (age 8), Ellie met Carl (who was 9) and they instantly became best friends; she passionately shared with him her dreams of travelling to South America, along with her desire to move her clubhouse – an abandoned house in the neighborhood – to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls, making Carl promise to help her; a moment that left a deep and lasting impression on him. Years later, Ellie and Carl (as young adults) married each other and decided to turn her old clubhouse into their new home, then became employees of the local zoo (a zookeeper and a balloon salesman respectively). Their marriage was a happy and loving one until she learned that she was infertile and could not have children; the news broke her heart. Carl then showed Ellie her old Adventure Book to remind her of the childhood promise that brought them together, quickly bringing her out of her depression. Over the intervening years they made several attempts to save up for the trip, but other pressing needs in their lives forced them to keep spending their earnings. Ellie eventually forgot about the promise as her and Carl’s marriage continued to flourish blissfully into old age. Then one day while out on another picnic with her husband (who was planning to surprise her with the plane tickets he had bought), she collapsed from illness and became hospitalized. Before passing away, she gave Carl her old Adventure Book, but she was unable to tell him of its true meaning (possibly due to infirmity). Her funeral was held in the same church where she and Carl had their wedding. Unbeknownst to her husband, Ellie had added photos of their happy life together in the Adventure Book and a final message saying: “Thanks for the adventure – now go have a new one!” It is only near the end of the film – after mourning her for several years – does Carl finally come across the new content, reinvigorating him at last. (source: http://pixar.wikia.com)
- Star Wars: Princess Leia & Han Solo:
“You think a princess and a guy like me…?” So asked Han Solo to Luke Skywalker after his first meeting with the strong-willed, sharp-shooting princess, in a question that kick-started one of cinema’s great romances. The Han and Leia dynamic instantly struck a chord with audiences, as it recalled the “I can’t stand you/I love you” romances of ’40s Hollywood, but it became something more. Han was handsome, Leia was stunning, yet their relationship felt real. They bickered, they flirted, and when they finally gave in to their feelings, it was honest and genuine. We wanted them to be together, and they were perfect for each other — today, they truly are sci-fi’s First Couple. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the StarWars.com team looks at Han and Leia’s finest moments together, from the funny to the heartbreaking, in the Star Wars films (source: http://www.starwars.com/news/the-starwars-com-10-best-han-and-leia-moments).
- Pepper Potts and Tony Stark (Marvel’sIron Man)
Virginia “Pepper” Potts is a fictional supporting character and romantic love interest appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, in particular those featuring Iron Man. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, she first appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (September 1963). There is a long history between the two – especially in the comic books – http://marvel.com/news/comics/14005/tony_stark_and_pepper_potts_a_history. In the movies, a budding romance develops.
- The Princess Bride: Westley & Buttercup
Westley was a man from the country of Florin. He lived on a farm, as a helping hand for the family that owned the land. A beautiful girl named Buttercup, the owners’ daughter, loved nothing more than tormenting the boy by ordering him around, repetitively calling him “farm boy”. He replied with nothing but “as you wish”, and complied with the request. One day, after coming back from a ride with her horse, she told Westley to shine her horse’s saddle, and to later fill some buckets with water. He once again replied with “as you wish”, but Buttercup, this time, felt a strange feeling surge through her. The next day, while she was in her house, Westley was bringing in firewood. Before he could to head out the door to continue chopping wood, Buttercup called to him, again requesting something. “As you wish” he said, as they drew closer together, and lovingly embraced, as Buttercup realized her love for him. A truly beautiful love story.
- Jace and Clary – The Mortal Instruments Series
Jace is Clary’s primary love interest throughout the series. Clary first meets Jace in City of Bones at the Pandemonium club. It first appears that both find each other’s presence as an annoyance, yet intriguing and find themselves drawn to each other. Throughout the course of the first novel, they slowly start to fall in love and Clary starts to describe Jace in great detail, showing her admiration towards him. The two share a passionate kiss at the Institute’s greenhouse after a late dinner together, but begin to have tension after Jace misunderstands seeing Simon in Clary’s bedroom. At the end of the novel, Valentine vindictively tricks them into thinking they are both his and Jocelyn’s children, in order to further exert control over Jace, seeing his connection to Clary as the one thing he may feel more strongly about than his unconditional love for his father.
- The Lord of the Rings: Arwen & Aragorn
The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen takes place in the Third Age of Middle-earth. It tells the story of the love of the mortal man, Aragorn and the immortal Elf Maiden, Arwen. After his father was killed battling orcs, Aragorn was sent to live in Rivendell with his mother, Gilraen. Around his twentieth year, as he walked in the woods singing a part of the Lay of Lúthien, he witnessed the beauty of Arwen for the first time, clad in a mantle of silver and blue. Mistaking her for Lúthien, he called to her by that name, and, from that moment on, loved only her. Gilraen warned Aragorn of the folly of his love for Arwen, a high-born elf such as she was. Aragorn soon left Imladris, and for thirty years fought against Sauron on whatever front which was deemed necessary. After The War of the Ring, Arwen and Aragorn were married and spent six-score years in bliss. As Aragorn felt his life drawing to a close, he came to Arwen, saying, “In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.”
- Gambit and Rogue
Although the exact issue in which the relationship truly began is open to debate, as different readers have different interpretations, the flirtation certainly started in X-Men #3 and was (interestingly) instigated by Rogue.
Upon his arrival, Remy flirted with each of the female members of the team, however Rogue immediately caught his eye, and Remy made no secret of his romantic desire for her. Rogue and Gambit were immediately attracted to each other, but the development of their relationship was slow and rocky, partly as a result of her inability to control her powers and partly as a result of long-term issues, including secrecy and dishonesty, with previous relationships on Gambit’s part. Through their many break-ups and make-ups, Gambit and Rogue have one of the longest and most popular relationships in the X-Men series (http://x-men.wikia.com/wiki/Rogue).